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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 446
Solstice Bonfire/Potluck
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 ~ Quapaw Canoe Company, Clarksdale, Miss


New Orleans Full Moon from Algiers Point
18x24 watercolor 2017

Sundown Sat Dec 16: Quapaw Canoe Company Christmas Party - Winter Solstice Potluck/Bonfire Help us celebrate the end of the year with a bonfire -- and new artwork from the Rivergator Grand Finale Expedition of Nov 2017. BYOB. Potluck. Bring a dish to share and celebrate community and good cheer in this season of long nights and short days. (Note: actual date for solstice this year is Thurs Dec 21st)



Helena Bridge from Buck Island
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed

Bonfire/Potluck Details: On the banks of the Sunflower River, behind the Quapaw Canoe Company building, 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale, starting at sundown: we will be sharing photos, videos, artwork, and many adventure stories around the campfire, in celebration of the Rivergator -- and also the winter solstice. This done in conjunction with the annual Quapaw Canoe Company Christmas Party (legendary parties!). Potluck feast, BYOB. We'll provide eatware, serving utensils, and the bonfire. Bring your guitar. All are welcome to join us on the banks for the Sunflower River. Exhibition to be set up nearby in the "Cave" location, the original home base of Quapaw Canoe Company (flooded out in 2016). Clear Saturday with a high of 56, rain expected after midnight. Camping available on location.


Speyeria diana
18x24 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed



Featuring Rivergator artists Boyce Upholt, Chris Battaglia, Rory Doyle and John Ruskey. Artists will be donating half of any proceeds back to the Lower Mississippi River Foundation to help support stewardship of the big river through youth engagement and conservation. Boyce Upholt chapbook Walled in Wild for sale $20 each. Chris Battglia 16x20 color photo prints $150 - $200. Rory Doyle 12x18 color photos $175. Rivergator watercolor map-posters for sale $10 - $25 each. You can make an advance purchase of any of the books, photographs or paintings by responding to this email; we can ship in time for Christmas.




Orion, Full Moon, Freighter Passing Will's Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed


~No charge ~ No tickets ~ All welcome~

~BYOB ~

~Potluck: bring something to share ~

Program:
5pm sunset, light the bonfire
6pm potluck supper
7pm
campfire stories & music

Also:
On-going artwork (paintings & photos from 2017 expedition)
On-going slide show (photos from 2017 expedition)
On-going film shorts (Chris Battaglia)
Artwork for sale, at asking prices, not an auction




Memphis from Martyrs Park
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed




Links for more info about artists and their work:
Chris Battaglia Village Vitals
Boyce Uopholt Between the Levees
Rory Doyle Photography
John Ruskey Rivergator




Beaver Swimming around bottom end of Is. 64
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Jupiter-Venus Conjunction, Waning Moon
18x24 watercolor 2017
$400 unframed




Green Darner Dragonfly (Anax junius)
18x24 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Helena Bridge, Grain Elevator, Blue Heron
18x24 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Canis Major, Orion, Moon over South Pass
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed




Bottom End of Island 62
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed




Island 61 Beach
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




Blue Crab Claw
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Blue Crab Claw
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Upstream Tug 12 Mile Point, Full Beaver Moon
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed




Dying Turtle, Island 61
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Ursa Major, Venus, Jackson Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




West Montezuma Full Frosty Beaver Moon
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




New Moon over Kangaroo Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




Orionids over Burke's Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




Universal Swimmer
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed




South Pass Island
18x24 watercolor 2017
$850 unframed




Ducks, Beaver, Upstream Tow, Jackson Cutoff, Frost Effect
18x24 watercolor 2017
$800 unframed




Gulf Fritallary, South Pass Island
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Gulf Fritallary, South Pass Island II
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Old Towne Bend, Grain Elevator, Island 61
11x15 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Gators, Full Moon, Will's Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed, unfinished




Julia Morning Writing, Willows, Mayfly, 12 Mile Point
18x24 watercolor 2017
$800 unframed, unfinished




Box Turtle
18x24 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




View Downstream from St. Charles
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed




Mississippi Map Turtle, Port View
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed


Mississippi Map Turtle, Starboard View
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed


Short Films and 16 x 20 Color Photo Prints
by Chris Battaglia



Between the Levees: Essays from a Walled-in Wild
by Boyce Upholt ($20 chapbook)

PS: Boyce's latest publication in Roads & Kingdoms:


12 x 18 Color Photo Prints
by Rory Doyle ($175 each)


18 x 24 Watercolor Paintings (Remaining from Previous Exhibition)
by John Ruskey

Full Moon Setting, Mark River Tending Fire on Josie Harry Bar
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unframed



Valencia, Moon, Scorpius, Island 62
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed



Box Turtle 3 Views (Closeup)
18x24 watercolor 2017
$600 unframed



2 Voyageurs Silhouetted near Dismal Point
24x18 watercolor 2017
$450 unframed




Lou's Final Journey, Voyageur Funeral Pyre near DeSoto Lake
18x24 watercolor 2017
$650 unfinished, unframed



Venus Rising, Smith Point Secret Channel, Easter, Rachel's Birth Day
24x18 watercolor 2017
$500 unframed



Sunset, Cement Factory, Osborne Island, Missouri Hills
18x24 watercolor 2017
$500 unframed



Julia Departing in her Rowboat, Sunrise, Josie Harry Bar
24x18 watercolor 2017
$500 unframed



Near Full Moon over Levee Road, Delta Landing, High Water
18x24 watercolor 2017
$500 unframed



Powerlines, Mouth of the Missouri, Columbia Bottoms, from Duck Island
18x24 watercolor 2017
$500 unframed



Voyageurs Great Arch World Water Day
18x24 watercolor 2017
$750 unfinished, unframed


Frogs, Trumpet Vines, High Water Island 64
24x18 watercolor 2017
$550 unfinished, unframed




Rivergator: Memphis Sits in the Middle of it All
Ohio River Confluence to Arkansas River Confluence
24x18 watercolor 2017 (Rough Draft)
2017 Map Poster Project ~ Not for Sale (Yet!)


Framed Paintings
(floating archival mounting, framed in barnwood with single glazing)


How Long? Voyageur on Osborne Island
24x18 watercolor 2017
$750 framed



Big Head Carp
18x24 watercolor 2017
$900 framed



TVA Power Plant, Old Moon, Mouth of McKellar Lake, Dismal Point
24x18 watercolor 2017
$1,000 framed


We purchase our art materials and supplies from the good folks at Memphis Art Center & Supply . It's infinitely more enjoyable (and probably more efficient) going to a real art store and buying art stuff from real people (who are often artists themselves) -- as compared to the aggravation of online shopping. Go visit Tom, Susan, Gregg, Ruth, Antonio, and all the creative crew at 1636 Union Avenue in Memphis (also located in the Memphis College of Art).







Chris Battaglia is the creator of Village Vitals
Go to Village Vitals for more photos, films, recipes, wisdom,
and GPS tracking from the 2017 Rivergator Expedition!

Other Important Links Connected to Rivergator Celebration & Expedition:






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